National Security Minister Stuart Young says a post made by CCN TV6 today attributing him to claims that prison officers would have firearms at all times, is false.
The Minister issued a statement on the matter on Friday afternoon.
"I have just had sent to me and seen, an inaccurate story put out by CCN TV6 on social media saying, or attributing to me, “Prison Officers will now have firearms at ALL times in their possession.”
This post and story suggest that I said this or words to this effect in my contribution to the Budget Debate in the Senate today (19.10.18).
National Security Minister Stuart Young says a threat by prison officers to stay away from work over the murder of yet another of their colleagues did not affect the operations at the nation's prisons on Thursday.
But the murder prompted Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, as head of the National Security Council, to summon a meeting and the only item on the agenda was the issue of the prisons.
"To hell with the State and to hell with the Prison Service. They don't care about us."
Those were the angry words of the president of the Prison Officers Association, Cerron Richards at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in response to the shooting death of another prison officer, Darren Francis, on Wednesday morning.
Surrounding by several prison officers at the Prison Sports Club in Arouca, Richards said prison officers will walk off the job.
He invited the Cabinet to come and run the prisons instead.
Stay Tuned: The Prison Association responds to the shooting death of yet another prison officer this morning.
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Minister of National Security Stuart Young says his ministry is working on initiatives to ensure the safety of prison officers.
The minister made the remark in a statement offering condolences to the family and colleagues of prison officer Darren Francis who was murdered this morning.
The following is the minister's statement.
"It is with a deep sense of sadness that I offer my sympathy and condolences to Prison Officer I Darren Francis’ family, friends and colleagues.
Officer Francis was senselessly killed on his way to work this morning.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says he is in the process of treating with the thousands of applications for Firearm User’s Licenses (FUL), that he met upon his assumption of office.
In a statement issued by the Police Service on Tuesday, Griffith said that to date, his office has processed over four hundred 400 applications and is working to clear the backlog.
Approximately 500 police officers in the T&T Police Service (TTPS) are currently on suspension and sick leave.
This was revealed yesterday by National Security Minister Stuart Young at a Standing Committee Meeting into the Police Service in Parliament.
Joined by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, Young was first asked how he intended to decrease the TTPS staggering overtime bill which was estimated at $300 million in 2018, but the service spent $366 million.